Referring to the amendments, Nuland said that they will be "an answer to any questions on Ukraine's compliance with the Minsk agreements, whether these questions come from Donetsk and Lugansk, or from Moscow."
Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Russian State Duma's Foreign Relations Committee, responded to Nuland's allegations by saying in his Twitter account that the amendments to Ukraine's Constitution, initiated by the country's President Petro Poroshenko, do not comply with the Minsk agreements.
Нуланд поторопилась. Поправки Порошенко в проект Конституции далеки от Минских соглашений, а близки лишь к полит. фантазиям самого Порошенко— Алексей Пушков (@Alexey_Pushkov) 16 июля 2015
"Nuland got ahead of herself. Poroshenko's amendments to the constitution are far from the Minsk Agreements and only close to his own political fantasies," Pushkov tweeted.
On July 16, Poroshenko submitted a proposal on constitutional amendments which would address the special status of the Donbass region to the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.
Constitutional amendments providing more autonomy to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions were stipulated by the February Minsk agreements signed by Kiev and Donbass representatives, along with a ceasefire deal.
Earlier this week, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the original proposals on amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution failed to comply with the Minsk agreements as Kiev had drafted the constitutional changes without consulting Donbass representatives.